The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to sever all professional ties. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a separate office from Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Sun's royal reporter Emily Andrews explains the couple's plan to split from their shared Royal Foundation charity.
“The couples have been given two options, the first is to leave things as they are and the second a complete split," a source explained to Andrews.
“Nothing has been formally ratified but all the mood music is suggesting the Sussexes will break away. The Sussexes weren't in a rush to make any changes, but the Cambridges were. However, it’s a complex procedure and very sensitive. The Cambridges have definite constitutionally-bound roots, and now the Sussexes have married and started a family, with the Duchess being American, they have more freedom. Nothing will be done quickly and it’ll be a phased untangling of many of the joint initiatives, not an overnight chop.”
According to The Sun, William and Harry's strained relationship was partly to blame for this outcome, although things have gotten better between the brothers since Harry and Meghan got their own office and staff in Buckingham Palace.
“Things did get very bad between the brothers and they didn’t see each other privately for a number of months after the royal wedding," a separate royal source said. “Certainly the animosity over status, money, and Meghan meant that the split in their joint households had to be brought forward much more quickly than anticipated, so perhaps it was inevitable that their joint charity has to be split too."
The source also adds that Meghan and Harry are keen "to do things differently to William and Kate," and have the ability to because Harry is not in direct line for the throne.
"The brothers’ relationship has vastly improved since their working lives have separated," the source adds.
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on The Sun's report, while a spokesperson for the Royal Foundation said, “There is a review underway and no decision has been taken.”
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